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Kettlebell - Simple & Sinister [Kindle Edition]

Pavel Tsatsouline
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Learn how to use the extreme hand-held gym from the source - the man who started the kettlebell revolution.

- Simple & Sinister will prepare you for almost anything life could throw at you, from carrying a piano upstairs to holding your own in a street fight.
- Simple & Sinister will forge a fighter's physique - because the form must follow the function.
- Simple & Sinister will give you the strength, the stamina, and the suppleness to play any sport recreationally - and play it well.
- If you are a serious athlete, Simple & Sinister will serve as a perfect foundation for your sport-specific training.
- If you are a serious lifter, Simple & Sinister will build your strength, rather than interfere with it.

Simple & Sinister will achieve all of the above while leaving you plenty of time and energy to do your duty, your job, practice your sport, and have a life.

Russian kettlebell power to you!


About the author:

Pavel Tsatsouline is a former Soviet Special Forces physical training instructor, currently a Subject Matter Expert to elite US military and law enforcement special operations units.

Pavel introduced the Russian kettlebell to the West in 1998 and started the kettlebell revolution. Dr. Randall Strossen, one of the most respected names in the strength world, stated, "Pavel Tsatsouline will always reign as the modern king of kettlebells since it was he who popularized them to the point where you could almost found a country filled with his converts."

Pavel is the Chairman of StrongFirst, Inc. In addition to the gold-standard kettlebell instructor certification StrongFirst.com offers user courses internationally in kettlebell, barbell and bodyweight training.


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  • File Size: 7028 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GF2HP9G
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beginner's opinion of the program December 13, 2013
By Dickson
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
**Progress review/update 2/18/14**
The reviews on Simple & Sinister seemed too good to be true, but I bought it on a whim. It ended up entirely changing my training routine. It may be too early to post a review, but I have been following this routine exactly as prescribed for about a week and I love it. I thought I'd share my experience from a novice's perspective, and if I find in a few months that I am unsatisfied with the routine (or that I still love it) I will follow-up my review. Since most of the reviews are on the information and quality of the book (I'd still give it five stars-- the writing is motivating and informative), I am going to focus on the routine's prescribed itself.

I'm not your typical kettlebell/crossfit nut who asks for punishment-- I'm an out of shape guy who wants (and needs) to lose fat and get stronger. Like every other dissatisfied-with-their-bodied American, I bought a kettlebell last year but didn't really know what to do with it. I got Enter the Kettlebell like recommended, and was even more confused. So the $50 bell that was supposed to solve my fitness woes sat in the closet, and I kept paying my $25/month gym fee. I went in yesterday to cancel my membership-- I now have a fitness plan to last me a long time.

The premise behind Simple and Sinister is, well, simple. While I don't want to spoil what is in the book, it is so simple and easy to understand that it isn't going to be a secret for long. Some books on fitness tell you to "do this-- but you could also do this, this, or this", but Simple and Sinister has just two options: Simple (what I'm on), and Sinister (for the experienced kettlebeller).

Here is the layout for the simple routine.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Kettlebell Book A Person Should Get November 25, 2013
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If you're familiar with the "Program Minimum" - either the original from The Russian Kettlebell Challenge (by Pavel) or the more streamlined and ever popular version in Enter the Kettlebell (also by Pavel), this is an even simpler and more streamlined (read: better) version of the Program Minimum.

For the uninitiated, the Program Minimum is the ultimate starting place for intelligent kettlebell training. It could be an end place as well - doing Simple and Sinister with a 32kg (70lb) kettlebell is going to be a "Sinister" workout for the most hard core workout guys.

If you are new to Pavel's style of training, you'll be shocked at how simple the "simple" part is (two exercises). But the folks who've been a round a while have seen how strong athletic bodies can be built and then thrive inside of developing strength and gracefulness with a couple movements, some heavy kettlebells, and consistent practice.

Seems almost silly to give it five stars and recommend it: I think I've bought every book Pavel's ever done, and will continue to. They all got five stars. Its all mandatory reading for anyone who is a coach or personal trainer. Pavel's contribution to the strength world could be summed up as making it more simple and sinister, but inside of that also safer, smarter, and more effective.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New To KettleBells? Start here! December 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Kettlebell - Simple and Sinister (hereafter referred to as Simple and Sinister or S&S), is the latest offering from Pavel Tsatsouline, formerly head of the RKC, and now head of StrongFirst. It is available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook format. I read it on my Kindle.

Disclaimer: I am an SFG under StrongFirst, and do a great deal of my training at Skill of Strength, a StrongFirst affiliate. Clearly, I have a pro-StrongFirst bias. Read this review accordingly.

Simple and Sinister is aimed at the kettlebell novice. In a sense, this is the latest evolution of Pavel's entry-level kettlebell writings. The original Russian Kettlebell Challenge was filled with tons of exercises and programming ideas, many of them quickly glossed over and with no particular focus. Enter the Kettlebell focused on six exercises, and offered two main programs (the Program Minimum and the Rite of Passage) for the aspiring kettlebell enthusiast. Simple and Sinister cuts things down even further, for good or for ill.

In a nutshell, Simple and Sinister presents the latest version of Pavel's "Program Minimum", a minimalist training regime designed to fit into the lifestyle of almost anyone. It's appropriate for someone looking for a single workout routine, or something to supplement another physical activity. Unlike some of Pavel's other works, Simple and Sinister leaves nothing to the imagination. The whole program, including warm ups and cool downs, is laid out over the course of the book. There is no guess work. Three mobility drills done in a circuit to warm up, one-arm swings and Turkish get-ups to workout, two or three stretches to cool down. Shower, rest, repeat.

There is good and bad in this. The good, of course, is that it is very, very, straightforward.
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46 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple, but not easy. December 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished reading Simple & Sinister and break my review down as follows:
1) Technique demonstration pictures: 2 stars. A black background with Pavel and Karen Smith wearing black clothes makes the details of their body mechanics hard to see. My eyes actually hurt looking at the pictures. This was a horrible idea.

2) Editing: 4 stars. Only a couple grammatical errors and the layout is pretty good.

3) Advertising & Sales pitch: 2 stars. There are some gimmicky and outrageous claims made, reminiscent of Dragon Door publications. Statements like " Simple & Sinister will prepare you for almost anything life could throw at you, from carrying a piano upstairs to holding your own in a street fight. Simple & Sinister will forge a fighter’s physique – because the form must follow the function. Simple & Sinister will give you the strength, the stamina, and the suppleness to play any sport recreationally and play it well." As a DT instructor I can tell you that if you want to be prepared for a street fight then you better focus your training on learning some defensive tactics. Swings & get-ups are great for strengthening the body, but I've witnessed many a strong body fall to a weaker body with better technical skills. I've been training martail arts for over 20 years and I can tell you that fighters come in all sizes and physiques. Swings & get-ups are not going to give you the body of Roy Jones Jr, just as training with gymnastics rings isn't going to get you the body of a high level gymnast. And if you can't hit a free throw from the 3 point line to save you life don't expect to be any more accurate after completing Simple & Sinister.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great strength program for those of us who have VERY little time to...
I started S&S about a nine months ago, but made horrible progress due to the burning need to add a little bit of like three other workout routines to the program. Read more
Published 9 days ago by David Casali
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing how good you feel
Have been using simple and sinister for 3 wks,amazing how good you feel.Good job pavel
Published 10 days ago by David Minnig
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was pretty straightforward.
I have also read "Enter the Kettlebell" by the same author and I prefer this one. For a beginner I felt like the other book was an overload of information. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jorge Dorantes
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
All hype no substance.
Published 17 days ago by Alster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Strong and manly.
Published 17 days ago by Kent Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars get strong!
Clear and to the point:if you can do these exercises, you'll be able to play any sport. Clear instructions will guide you to success.
Published 18 days ago by Pierpaolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best books I have read. And it works.
Published 23 days ago by KDS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on training!
Simply simple and sinister! Get a great workout in only 30 minutes. This book is on par with all of Pavel's books, and a great resource for kettlebells.
Published 1 month ago by Timothy
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book and an excellent work out
This is a great book and an excellent work out! I can't recommend this book enough.

I have been doing S&S with my girls since July. It has been so much fun. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eric Leafblad
5.0 out of 5 stars Pavel did it again
Excellent source of info for kettlebell training.
Published 1 month ago by Herman
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